Now for my plan for our grade 6s next year. They are going to read Carol Gaab’s book, Brandon Brown quiere un perro. We started planning for this novel the same way as for the grade 5s. We determined that we will have approximately 36 1-hour classes with the grade 6s before Christmas break and another 18 classes until March. The plan is that we will start the novel at the beginning of March. It usually takes me 7-8 class periods to teach a full storytelling unit, so I can hopefully fit in 7 stories with 3-4 target structures each for a maximum of 28 structures. Once we narrowed down the list of important structures to pre-teach for the novel and took out those we already focused on with these students in grade 5, we ended up with 23.

They have already read El capibara con botas, so they know most of the basics, therefore the structures I have selected to pre-teach to them this year are: cierra, abre, son las, grita, regresa, llora, mira, habla, toma, quiere ser, sale, busca, encuentra, tiene hambre, come, pone, lleva, recoge, le gusta, tiene vergüenza, se despierta, se duerme, hace ruidos (closes, opens, it’s… o’clock, yells, returns, cries, looks at, speaks, takes, wants to be, leaves, looks for, finds, is hungry, eats, puts, carries, picks up, likes, is embarrassed, wakes up, falls asleep, makes noises)

Here are the stories I have chosen to use to teach all of the structures, although I also rely heavily on the excellent Teacher’s Guide and Audio Book from Fluency Matters when teaching this novel. These are all stories that I have adapted from other scripts to better fit the structures I want to teach. Eventually as I write up a post for each new story script, I will link to them from here.

Story #1: Cierra la puerta adapted from Cierra la puerta by Martina Bex
Target Structures: cierra, abre, son las (closes, opens, it’s… o’clock)

Story #2: La Llorona, adapted from La Llorona by Bryce Hedstrom
Target Structures: grita, regresa, llora, mira (yells, returns, cries, looks at)

Story #3: La Universidad, adapted from La Universidad by Martina Bex
Target Structures: habla, toma, quiere ser (speaks, takes, wants to be)

Story #4: La mascota perdida, adapted from Alberto no puede encontrar la culebra by Cynthia Hitz
Target Structures: sale, busca, encuentra (leaves, looks for, finds)

Story #5: El lobo hambriento, adapted from El lobo hambriento by Martina Bex
Target Structures: tiene hambre, come, pone (is hungry, eats, puts)

Story #6: El regalo perfecto , adapted from Valentine’s Day by Nikki Tottingham
Target Structures: lleva, recoge, le gusta, tiene vergüenza (carries, picks up, likes, is embarrassed)

Story #7: Una aventura de camping, adapted from Una aventura de camping by Martina Bex
Target Structures: se despierta, se duerme, hace ruidos (wakes up, falls asleep, makes noises)

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